Sunderland are confident that they can still lure players to the club despite speculation surrounding manager Sam Allardyce, the Shields Gazzette have reported.
BBC Sport reported on Wednesday that the 61-year-old was given permission by the Black Cats to speak with the Football Association regarding the vacant manager's position, after Roy Hodgson resigned following England's disastrous Euro 2016 campaign.
Sunderland released a bitter statement on Wednesday via the club's official website, in which the North-East side criticised the fact that the talks had become public knowledge.
They would be desperate to keep the veteran manager after Allardyce secured Sunderland's Premier League safety last season - and relegated Wear-Tyne rivals Newcastle United in the process.
But despite the uncertainty around his future at the Stadium of Light, the Shields Gazzette claim that the club remain confident that the speculation surrounding Allardyce will not hinder them in the transfer market this summer.
Allardyce is yet to sign a player this summer, but he'll need to after losing four senior players on Bosmans recently.